Getting injured in a pedestrian accident can be an incredibly scary and traumatic experience. Finding an attorney you can trust to help you secure the compensation necessary is important. Attorney Kevin Patrick has dedicated himself to helping victims of personal injuries.
Pedestrians who are injured due to another person’s negligence often face an uphill battle when trying to secure the compensation they need. Your Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney will be your advocate from the beginning of your case. They will work to:
Anyone familiar with Atlanta, who spends time walking as a means of either transportation or leisure, understands that this city is infamous for the traffic and speeding cars. It isn’t any wonder that Atlanta is rated one of the top ten most dangerous cities for pedestrians. Three people are involved in pedestrian accidents every day in the metro area alone, and approximately 5,000 people are killed each year in the United States in these types of accidents.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed during the latest reporting year in the U.S. The CDC estimates that nearly 129,000 pedestrians were treated for injuries after collisions with vehicles.
A high percentage of pedestrian accidents result in injuries or fatalities. Pedestrians do not have much protection against the force of a vehicle slamming into them. A study published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found that pedestrian crashes are increasing across the country and that the rise in pedestrian accidents in Georgia is outpacing other states in the U.S.
Recent studies have shown that drivers are more distracted than ever with smartphones and other technology. Excessive speeding, failure to obey traffic signals, and driving while impaired are just some of the other reasons that pedestrian accidents are not only more prevalent, but are also more severe than ever before in our community.
O.C.G.A §40-6-93 provides: “Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway, shall give warning by sounding his horn when necessary, and shall exercise proper precautions upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated, or intoxicated person.” Therefore, if the driver fails to exercise due care, the driver should be liable for the accident.
These accidents can result in brain or spinal cord injuries, broken bones, paralysis, and coma. These injuries negatively affect the victim’s quality of life for years. The effect of the injury could be very tragic, financially as well, if you do not get enough compensation for the accident.
The distracted driver should be held accountable for these accidents and be made to pay for the damages. The last place that responsibility needs to fall is with the victim and their family. Here is what you could do to protect yourself:
If you and your attorney decide that a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party will be necessary in order to secure the compensation you deserve, please be aware of the time limits in place. In Georgia, pedestrian accident lawsuits must be filed within two years from the date of the incident.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a pedestrian accident that was caused by someone else’s negligent or careless behavior, seek legal assistance immediately. At Kevin Patrick Law, we will investigate all aspects of the incident in order to build a case for compensation on your behalf. This can include both economic and non-economic damages such as the following:
When you need an Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling (404) 566-5880.
We understand that you should be focusing on your recovery, not on mounting medical bills and lost wages. We promise to fight for your rights and get you the settlement you deserve. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have suffered an injury resulting from a pedestrian accident.